Yesterday, my siblings and I heard the Word of God at “The Feast” in Pasig City. It’s a Catholic Prayer meeting of Bro. Bo’s Light of Jesus Family. After the Mass, Bro. Obet (our Daddy O) led a powerful talk about ‘Start Afresh!’ He shared that all of us want everything new—new look, new clothes, new feel, new house, new car, new understandings, new friends, new business, new adventures and many more. Do you agree? Yet the root of all these desire for newness is that at the core of one’s life—the core of our being. It is our heart that causes us to desire the new. All that we see and want “out there” can chase us if we only change internally.
Ika nga sa karamihan sa atin, we wish for positive and good vibes for the new year. But do you know that only You can cause the change? It is Only You can bring out the real new. I’d like to share with you this article that I read about a positive ‘to-do’ list which you can start doing for yourself. (From Marc and Angel’s blog)
- Start spending time with the right people. – These are the people you enjoy, who love and appreciate you, and who encourage you to improve in healthy and exciting ways. They are the ones who make you feel more alive, and not only embrace who you are now, but also embrace and embody who you want to be, unconditionally.
- Start facing your problems head on. – It isn’t your problems that define you, but how you react to them and recover from them. Problems will not disappear unless you take action. Do what you can, when you can, and acknowledge what you’ve done. It’s all about taking baby steps in the right direction, inch by inch. These inches count, they add up to yards and miles in the long run.
- Start being honest with yourself about everything. – Be honest about what’s right, as well as what needs to be changed. Be honest about what you want to achieve and who you want to become. Be honest with every aspect of your life, always. Because you are the one person you can forever count on. Search your soul, for the truth, so that you truly know who you are. Once you do, you’ll have a better understanding of where you are now and how you got here, and you’ll be better equipped to identify where you want to go and how to get there. Read The Road Less Traveled.
- Start making your own happiness a priority. – Your needs matter. If you don’t value yourself, look out for yourself, and stick up for yourself, you’re sabotaging yourself. Remember, it IS possible to take care of your own needs while simultaneously caring for those around you. And once your needs are met, you will likely be far more capable of helping those who need you most.
- Start being yourself, genuinely and proudly. – Trying to be anyone else is a waste of the person you are. Be yourself. Embrace that individual inside you that has ideas, strengths and beauty like no one else. Be the person you know yourself to be – the best version of you – on your terms. Above all, be true to YOU, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.
I believe a lot of you have your own planners or journals including myself. Yes? It’s so good to jot down every goals we want to achieve for ourselves (and family and loved ones), and for our dreams and visions to turn into reality this year.
But what about your Financial goals? Do you know that it is just as important as your spiritual, emotional, social and physical needs? Share your long-term and investment goals because when you share your goals, people (like me) will want to help you make it happen. You strengthen your belief that you can achieve it! Surprise yourself by becoming the person you never dreamed possible.
As what the Bible says, “Behold, I make all things New.” (Revelations 21:5)